The Supreme Court on Monday sought responses from the Centre and WhatsApp within a month on a fresh plea alleging lower standards of privacy for Indian users as compared with European counterparts.
A Bench, headed by CJI S A Bobde, was hearing an interim application filed by petitioners, Karmanya Singh Sareen and Shreya Sethi, in a pending petition of 2017. Their lawyer, Shyam Diwan, said the messaging app was differentiating between European countries and India in its policy.
The apex court said people have grave apprehensions that they will lose their privacy, and it is our duty to protect them. It added people value their privacy more than the value of the company, which might be in trillions.
WhatsApp told the top court that Europe has a special law on privacy and it will also follow if India has a similar statute.
The case will be heard next after four weeks.
Source: Business Standard